Smiling from Heaven?
Welcome back to ChartWatch where we count down the weeks top ten. It looks like its going to be another slow week for Hip Hop. Even though Fabolous fifth studio album Losos Way took the number two spot last week, it drops this week to number thirteen. The Brooklyn MC is replaced by Sugarlands Live On The Inside. Michael Jackson continues to dominate the world of music and holds the first, third, and fourth spot with Number Ones, The Essential Michael Jackson, and Thriller.
Country music group Gloriana enters the charts at number five with their self-titled debut album followed by the latest in the compilation collection, Now 31, and Kings of Leons Only By The Night.
That brings us to a group that has been able to maintain its sales despite the slow music market. The Black Eyed Peas sell 44,000 units and claim the number eight spot. There must be something about Boom Boom Pow because this group has been moving up and down the top ten since their album debut a couple of months ago.
Another artist that continues to stay on the charts is Maxwell. The singer moves another 43,000 copies of his latest disc, BLACKsummers Night, to take the number nine spot.
Rounding out the top ten is American Idol alum Daughtry with his latest effort, Leave This Town. Thats a pretty dismal showing for Hip-Hop but things might be looking up for next week.
Dropping This Week
Things are looking up because Hip Hop supergroup Slaughterhouse is finally releasing their album. Crooked I, Joe Budden, Royce Da 59, and Joel Ortiz drop their album on the heels of the Budden/Raekwon feud. Granted, at this point it is pretty ridiculous for two grown men to be fighting over a chart printed in Vibe Magazine, but hopefully all the fuss will bring attention to this album and Raekwons Only Built for Cuban Linx II. Hopefully it doesnt overshadow the fact that four critically acclaimed lyricists have gotten together and put out a pretty solid album. If you get a chance pick this one up.
Next up, Westcoast rapper Brotha Lynch Hung and C.O.S team up for the third time and release Suspicion Vol. 2. The independent rapper has put out a countless number of albums and mixtapes which has gotten him a pretty strong fan base. If youre a fan of artists like Tech 9ine (who owns the label Strange Music to which Brotha Lynch Hung recently signed) then you might want to pick up this album.
Well that was the amazingly short ChartWatch for this week. Hopefully some good albums will drop next week and more Hip Hop can make it on the top ten.